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August 7, 2009

CW's guests can enjoy period music in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

Colonial Williamsburg’s guests can enjoy live music while touring the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum during Music at the Museums. The program occurs from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 3 through Nov. 19 (except Nov. 12).

Enjoy solo performances from members of Colonial Williamsburg's resident early music ensemble, Governor’s Musick, on a variety of original instruments, including the 1762 Jacob Kirckman harpsichord and the 1806 John Broadwood and Sons grand piano forte. Three reproduction instruments – the viola da gamba, the English flute and the English guitar–also will be featured.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Good Neighbor Card or museum ticket provides access to enjoy Music at the Museums.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are comprised of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made in America during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and embracing most categories of American folk art by well-known folk artists. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from the period 1670–1830.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information call (757) 220-7724. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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